Sleep and Daylight Savings

Dr. Shelby Harris with tips on maintaining good sleep.
4:14 | 11/02/11

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At that time of -- again this weekend we'll that our clock back an hour with daylight savings comes to an end. But what do you do to minimize the disruptions in -- me. Schedule here in it public the -- doctor Shelby Harris. Director of behavioral sleep medicine at the -- -- medical center after asking if you think you're being there thanks for anything else adjusting -- -- -- not so bad they get an extra hour of sleep in the morning. No big deal right exactly -- apply some most adults will love this -- Spring that's actually Lockhart and that's hard right losing our kids are another story -- and take a little bit more time -- just saying and you say -- -- two -- Dealing with children right the first one is just put them to better than normal time and expect -- wake up Brett why. It it's that's just gonna happen now let him to bad it would say they go to bed at seven -- your child. For -- -- at 730 and then if they get normally at 630 that extent because you're going back -- can only be about five very old and that's fine it's really it's a -- for the parent who went to sleep in that extra hour. But the reality is usually see that -- 23 days later after sticking with that. And -- once the time change is sticking with the meantime -- -- even now so that's the one waved at one way of doing but what about. The -- -- never recommend just saying okay you're going about an hour earlier. If kids appalling it's going to be harder right -- well actually what we actually do and still ahead. Is say. Is -- time changing NS status. Bring your clocks back a few days later than Saturday and I were gonna do starting -- tonight. Them have -- stay up fifteen minutes later have your child stay at fifteen minutes later. Every -- 1520 minutes now so Wednesday would be incensed some thirty -- some 45. And the next day 8 o'clock. And your gradually getting them to adjust to the next scheduled could then ideally in my sleeping next to fifteen minutes so it's more of a gradual change starting a few days -- and it was usually. You know take place where he is too weak bulletin from his longer than that I mean you really want to do it planning it Saturday night tonight you're gonna change the clocks started 34 days you can -- even more gradually five minutes later at a weekend had -- fifteen minutes treatments and now what about. You know the morning routine but I know that a lot of parents. Early wake up. It's not enough happening for that -- what -- you know what do you recommend doing about the morning so when. The child -- the parents get out now the days of strength so what are you so we usually recommend this to start everything as per usual so when they're getting it might be able 530. Trying keep to the new set time -- adding that they get up at 530. You don't address -- until 630. Address out of it and fighting back not at a hungry obviously I don't -- done but -- for the rest of the day. To keep the next you're gonna push the -- a little later if possible I'd try to keep the rest the -- scheduling usually. Time the meal lunch time got him I don't give them a little snack right magnetic. -- an ally in terms of the rest of us now with the -- getting shorter than. One thing that adults have problems. The problem with is. The lot we don't get an update because -- in the office longer hours these days and we sometimes leave before the -- up and then come home after it's gone down yet what can only do. About the real struggle now you'll notice that when we're leaving work a lot of times at around 6 o'clock now this I start to -- again now it's gonna turn to 5 o'clock. So lot of times like you said you're going to be darkness for most -- side an artificial light. So some things that I recommend -- Really trying to get as much light natural light is -- as positive windows sit by windows and penalize people have that backs want a little bit like one or two in the afternoon after lunch go for a -- go for a -- get -- twenty minutes of -- ten minutes of light can actually -- just as alerting -- that cup of coffee and can stave off that those winter -- exactly and then at night when you get -- you didn't work at 6 o'clock that you don't go to bed until eleven. -- six to about nine or ten at night. Bright -- have the late signing your house do whatever you can't thank you so much -- -- no problem that.

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